Monday, September 15, 2014

Video Of The Week: Preseason Cycling Camp with Imperial College Boat Club



This week's video comes to us from Imperial College Boat Club's preseason cycling camp in France, and while it may be short on rowing, there's no shortage of tough climbs, mileage (kilometerage?), and banter in this one. In fact, over the course of the camp, the ICBC lads covered some 813km, and climbed over 16,000m, over the 11 stages of the trip. Thanks to ICBC athlete Josh Butler for putting together this montage—arguably the best way to get your training in order in a hurry.

Earlier this week, we asked via Twitter if your team was getting back on the water and taking their #firststrokes of the 2014-2015 campaign.

Tag a photo with #firststrokes on Twitter and we'll share it via our account as the new season gets going in earnest!

Also coming up this week: The fourth-annual RoRy Awards! Can you believe it's that time of year again? Check back throughout the week to see who'll take home the most prestigious awards in rowing at the junior, collegiate, and elite levels. (And, just to whet your appetite, here's a look back at our previous RoRy winners.)

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-RR

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Video: Behind the Scenes with the U.S. Men's Eight in Amsterdam



There are lots of reasons to watch this video, but our favorite might be to learn that men's coach Bryan Volpenhein is the commissioner of the fantasy football league, and has "full veto power." This is the latest installment in senior national team athlete Matt Miller's series from a summer of racing at the elite level, which includes a look at the U.S. men's eight training in Princeton, traveling to Holland Beker, and racing at the second World Rowing Cup in Aiguebelette, France (Part Two here).

While the men's eight just missed the podium this year, having swapped places with Poland from last season, it was nonetheless a strong summer showing, with multiple victories on the international circuit. And, there is a solid sense of team and of building toward a common goal at the training center, as well as an expanding group of athletes. Maybe it's these rose-tinted glasses we're looking through, but we're expecting good things in 2015.

-RR

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

RR Interview: Harvard's Mike DiSanto in New Zealand for the Gallagher Great Race, 2014

Harvard Crew at Hamilton Boys' School Reception (Photo courtesy of Mike DiSanto)
As we noted yesterday, Harvard Crew will be represented at the 2014 running of the Gallagher Great Race on the Waikato River, New Zealand. Among the Crimson athletes competing is U.S. national teamer and Oxford Blue Mike DiSanto, who is teaming up with a few current students and fellow graduates to take on Waikato University over the 3.8km, upstream course. Here, we catch up with Mike on a few of the particulars so far.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Video Of The Week: Huskies Overseas



This week's video is a throwback to winter 2013, when the Washington Huskies headed over to London to face Cambridge in a Tideway fixture. The Huskies, then coming out of winter training and building toward spring, were in great form and featured a historically good lineup, including Canadian Olympic medalist Conlin McCabe. But why are we sharing this video today, you ask?

Friday, September 5, 2014

2014 World Rowing Championships Recap and Review: Kiwis Golden, Great Britain Rolling

Rainbows over the Bosbaan, Amsterdam (Photo: Nick D'Antoni)

Worlds have been in the books for a few days now, and we've all had the chance to reflect on what was another outstanding regatta capping off a great summer of international-level racing. Going in, the Kiwis looked to be firing on all cylinders—and the All Blacks didn't disappoint—while Great Britain, arguably the most complete team in the lead-up to their home Olympics, bounced back from midseason doldrums in the eight and emerged as the force to be reckoned with in men's sweep rowing. The U.S. women, on the other hand, continued their incredible run of success, and once again accounted for the lion's (lioness's?) share of the American medal haul.